"First Friday Presented by Barrick Gaming Corporation" will be celebrated in the Arts District on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a free street festival featuring bands, poets, dancers and painters of the Pacific Art Collective. The entertainers will travel from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz and San Jose, California, to perform on the main stage, to be located on Colorado Avenue between Third Street and Main Street. The Arts District’s 40-plus galleries, studios and shops will be open for the evening to welcome the public.
Oct. 1 marks the second anniversary of the monthly First Friday art events, as well as the first time the affair will be presented with a private company as the title sponsor. Barrick Gaming owns four downtown hotel/casinos — the Las Vegas Club, Western, Plaza and Gold Spike.
"The First Friday events have really heightened cultural awareness in downtown Las Vegas," said Stephen Crystal, president of Barrick Gaming Corporation. "We at Barrick Gaming Corporation are honored to sponsor their next event."
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will open the festivities at 6 p.m. at the main stage, and selected local artists will exhibit their works in a juried show on Colorado Street between Third Street and Casino Center. Food, beer, wine and other beverages will be offered for sale by local restaurants.
The city of Las Vegas partners with the Arts District during First Friday events. The city provides free rides on city of Las Vegas Arts Buses between all First Friday stops. Shuttles will provide free transportation to and from the Clark County Government Center free alternate parking site from 6 to 10 p.m. These shuttles will stop at Colorado Street at Third Street, and Main Street at Boulder Avenue, as well as the government center parking lot.
The Main Stage Schedule is as follows:
6 p.m. Welcome by Mayor Oscar B. Goodman
6 to 7 p.m. DJ Rick Preston
7 to 7:30 p.m. Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Krister Axel
7:30 to 7:35 p.m. Poet Melissa Rose
7:35 to 8:05 p.m. Life With Jonas band
8:05 to 8:25 p.m. Poets Paradox and Melissa Rose; dancer Tiffany Glenn
8:25 to 8:55 p.m. Delta Activity band
8:55 to 9:10 p.m. Poets Melissa Rose and Paradox; dancer Tiffany Glenn
9:10 to 9:40 p.m. Day One Symphony